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A call for a national general strike part 2: Times up for deferring MLK’s dream

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In the nation’s capital and across the country food pantries and soup kitchens are making special efforts to help feed the hundreds of thousands of Federal workers that have not been paid for a month in a shutdown instigated by Donald Trump that he threatened might last “months even years” if he does not get $5.7 billion to build a wall on our border with Mexico.

On Saturday, for the second time in two weeks, Trump took to the airwaves and cast himself as the spaghetti-western protector-in-chief of a nation whose very existence was imperiled by a massive marauding migration of criminals from the south. He feigned an offer of compromise but he continued to insist that the only way to secure our border was with a multi-billion dollar “powerful see-through steel barrier.”

He slipped into that Clint Eastwood “Dirty Harry” persona of his that you could imagine him assuming just before he took aim and shot someone on Fifth Avenue. “As a candidate for President I promised I would fix the [immigration] crisis and I intend to keep that promise, one way or the other,” he said.

And, as always with Trump, the danger is not just from the violent gangs of immigrant rapists and murderers, but his political opponents that he casts as “the extreme voices who fear compromise and demand open borders which means drugs pouring in, human trafficking and a lotta crime.”

Back in December, Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer he would be “proud” to shutdown the government if it meant he would get funding for the wall, that he originally pledged Mexico would pay for. But now, a month in, his shutdown is now putting an unconscionable strain on the very Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration officers that have to protect the country’s borders and ports of entry.

Incredibly, with an emergency soup kitchen for federal employees just blocks away, he made no mention of this suffering workforce whose lives he has entirely upended. What’s lost here is that in addition to the workers,........

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